Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

In the shadows: The struggles of an undocumented immigrant
by Sanchez, Karla, M.S.W., California State University, Long Beach, 2010, 74; 1486672
Abstract (Summary)

The purpose of this project is to write a narrative that presents the issues encountered by undocumented immigrants pursuing a college education. The project will discuss the difficulty of acculturation and its impact on mental health among immigrants as the transition into American society. The legal issues encountered by the undocumented population will be discussed as well as the effects of deportation on the individual and family. This project will emphasize undocumented students and highlight the various financial and emotional barriers encountered in the pursuit of a higher education. The writer will discuss her transition to the United States and how her experiences shaped her cultural identity. The writer will discuss the process of realizing she was an undocumented immigrant and the feelings of anger, embarrassment, and resentment she encountered thereafter. Furthermore, she will describe how being undocumented became an integral part of her self-identity, all the while being something she kept hidden from the world.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Gurrola, Maria
School: California State University, Long Beach
School Location: United States -- California
Source: MAI 49/02M, Masters Abstracts International
Subjects: Social work, Multicultural Education, Hispanic American studies
Publication Number: 1486672
ISBN: 978-1-124-28262-6
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